The Fearless Friday Forecast

 

As the calendar turns to October, let’s hope we have better luck with the Fearless Friday Forecast:

1.  Florida at Alabama: Alabama proved last week at Arkansas that it is good enough and certainly tough enough to at least think about repeating as national champions. The Crimson Tide secondary was vulnerable to the pass but grew up as the game went along. Florida also did some growing up last week by using freshman quarterback Trey Burton in the Wildcat package. He scored a school-record six touchdowns against Kentucky. Alabama coach Nick Saban will try to turn this into a blue collar football game while Florida will hope to hit some big plays against a rebuilt Crimson Tide secondary. Alabama 24, Florida 14.

2.  Miami at Clemson: Clemson has had a week off since a tough overtime loss at Auburn. The question I have is whether or not Miami quarterback Jacory Harris can keep from being an interception machine on the road. He had four at Ohio State on Sept. 11 and two last week at Pittsburgh. Clemson won a shootout (40-37) last year at Miami. This one, played at Death Valley, will feature less scoring but the outcome will be the same. Clemson 17, Miami 14.

3. Georgia Tech at Wake Forest: Wake Forest got off to a 2-0 start by beating Presbyterian and Duke and scoring 107 points in the process. Since then it’s been pretty bleak for the Deacons, losing 68-24 at Stanford and 31-0 at Florida State. The Deacons have given up 147 points against their three Division I-A opponents. I’m not sure why, but Georgia Tech didn’t really have a sense of urgency in last week’s  45-28 loss to N.C. State. The Yellow Jackets bounce back and go to 3-2. Georgia Tech 42, Wake Forest 21.

4. Georgia at Colorado: It was tempting pick Colorado because I don’t know if there is any fight left in this Georgia team. But Colorado (2-1) is so bad and A.J. Green is finally available for the Bulldogs. Colorado will be welcoming back its 1990 AP national championship team but, fortunately for the Bulldogs, Eric Bienemy will not be suiting up for the Buffs.  But you know what? I just talked myself out of picking Georgia. It’s time for this team to man up. I’ll believe it when I see it. Colorado 21, Georgia 20.

5. Virginia Tech at N.C. State: The Wolfpack is 4-0 and showed it was legit last week by winning at Georgia Tech. The young Virginia Tech defense has improved since a 33-30 loss to Boise State on Sept. 6. But has it improved enough to handle N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson? I think not. N.C. State 28, Virginia Tech 24.

6. Tennessee at LSU: LSU has won four ugly games and on Saturday in Baton Rouge the Tigers will win ugly again. Undermanned Tennessee has played four straight home games to open the season. The Vols needed double overtime and five missed UAB field goals to win last week. LSU’s defense may be the best in the SEC. Its offense, given the talent at hand, might be the worst. LSU 24, Tennessee 3.

7. Stanford at Oregon: If not for Florida-Alabama this would be the best game on the board this weekend. Oregon had to work to win at Arizona State last week but I still think the Ducks are a Top 10 team. Stanford is just mashing everybody they play and Andrew Luck is the best quarterback in the Pac-10. I like the speed of Oregon and the home field edge of Autzen Stadium, where Stanford has lost its last four visits. Oregon 28, Stanford 24.

8. Texas vs. Oklahoma (Dallas):  Man, the air sure went out of this game when Texas lost to UCLA  (34-12) last week. It was the worst Texas loss at home in the Mack Brown era and the Longhorns simply we not ready to play.  That’s won’t be the case this week. Oklahoma has had close wins over Utah State, Air Force, and Cincinnati. It could be that we are looking at two pretty average teams. Look for Texas to commit to stopping the run and hope that OU quarterback Landry Jones won’t beat them. He will. Oklahoma 28, Texas 24.

9. Kentucky at Ole Miss: Kentucky has come back down to Earth after last week’s trip to the woodshed at Florida. But the Ole Miss defense has struggled all season and it won’t be better without DE Kentrell Lockett, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Kentucky 31, Ole Miss 21.

10. Wisconsin at Michigan State: Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio returns after suffering a heart attack two weeks ago after a win over Notre Dame. Dantonio will work from the press box. I like Sparty at home. Michigan State 21, Wisconsin 17.

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Programming note: Among our guests on the “Barnhart and Durham” show on Friday will be Caulton Tudor, veteran columnist of the Raleigh News & Observer. He will give us the latest on the growing story surrounding the troubled football program at North Carolina. Rachel Baribeau of TideSports.com joins us to break down Saturday’s Florida-Alabama game. The fun starts at 10 a.m. on www.790thezone.com.

313 comments Add your comment

Oregon #1

October 3rd, 2010
5:25 pm

LOL ..after reading these post over the last 2 days I see about everyone on here knows squat about college football..that idiot glory glory couldnt even go 500 on 2 picks…(seems he hates Georgias better team and lets his heart get in the way of knowledge) RX dog got uhmmm what 2 of 7?Those being the easiest picks, bama over Fla who btw had NO business being in the top 20 much less the top 10 and lsu over ..LOL you know the ones we Spanked AT tenn…Alabama has a nice little team a bit above avg. but then again who do they play??The SEC is bama and thats it..PERIOD…Stanford would kill bama,and looked what we did to Stanford,Bama against Cal would be a close game and USC would probably beat the secs best.yea yea yall won the last few NCs,against WHO?? Texas without a QB and it was still a close game..LOL..and now to the team that THINKS it has someting to talk about year in and out..(or its fans anyway) the little butt lickers…LOL Colorado for gosh sakes!!!!..uga STINKS…btw it was you guys AD that dropped the games with us..payed us alot to say it was mutual//LOL bet on it,it wasnt..Oregon would hang 60 on uga and not bat an eye,and IF bama is lucky enough to get to the NC(which I doubt) Oregon will hang 50 on them…now go ahead and flap your gums about sec sec sec all you want but its over for sec…only reason they are ranked so high anyway is MONEY and espn..thats it..you know it and most of the country does also..2010 NC will be Oregon ..we cant be stopped ,especially by a very weak sec conference school…sec out of conference schedule…60% of the teams they play(out of conference)are either Div 1AA or teams that have had a 500 or losing record the past 6 years..thats a FACT!! at least Tenn (only sec team with gonads)will play somebody out of conference.See ya at the National Championship!!FEAR THE DUCKs!!!

NEXT #14

October 3rd, 2010
7:30 pm

LOOKING FOWARD TO IT ………….CHUMP!!! PULLEEZEE,TALK ABOUT NOT KNOWING SQUAT ABOUT FOOTBALL…..THAT CRAP O RUN’S WANT WORK AGAINST A DISCIPLINED DEFENSE FOR 60 MINUTE’S(SEE FLORIDA)THE POWER GAME IS WHERE IT’S AT,JUST ASK URBAN CRIER!!!OH AND BY THE WAY,WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN SMOKING??!! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT LEFT B/C YOU GONNA NEED IT AFTER BAMA SPANK’S THAT AZZ!! P.S. YOU MAKE WANT TO CONTACT THAT”AFLAC” DUCK ABOUT SOME INSURANCE……….YA GONNA NEED IT!!!!

NEXT #14

October 3rd, 2010
7:32 pm

TYPO MAY NOT MAKE!!

BAMA dude

October 3rd, 2010
7:39 pm

Alabama has a nice little team a bit above avg. but then again who do they play??

I hope the Ducks are fortunate enough to play Alabama in the BCSCG. Your poor little QB will be broken just like McCoy was. Ask John Brantley how he’s feeling today. Oregon can chuck it around but Bama will run the ball down your throats and make enough big plays on defense to win handily. I’ve seen Oregon this year and you just don’t match up in the trenches.

BAMA dude

October 3rd, 2010
7:45 pm

Oh, and one other thing… guess who has NEVER beaten an SEC school in their history (including a couple of recent BCSCG poundings)? OHIO STATE.

Have the Ducks played them lately? How’d ya do?

NEXT #14

October 3rd, 2010
7:55 pm

BAMA DUDE,WHEN I READ THIS AZZ CLOWN’S RANT I DIDN’T GET PISSED AT ALL I JUST LOL FOR AWHILE!!!! IF I COULD ASK THAT FOOL ONE QUESTION IT WOULD BE,HAVE YOU SEEN THE SIZE AND SPEED OF THAT “DECENT LITTLE TEAM” COMPARED TO YOUR’S??!! IT WUOLD NOT EVEN BE CLOSE!!!

Monkey Says:

October 3rd, 2010
9:11 pm

The PAC 10 doesn’t even hire Defensive Coordinators. They are Offense only and my I add, pretty darn good at offense. The problem is EVERY TIME, and I mean EVERY TIME any PAC 10 teams goes outside their confernce then offense is goes AWOL, because every other league plays defense.

Go back and look at the past 5 years when you play a team outside the conference( with the one exception of a 68 scholarship TENNESSEE team) and review your offense output.

Everyone knows that Oregon plays high school football and anytime they line up with a real conference ..even OHIO ST. ( who Oregon was a 8 point favorite this past January in the Rose Bowl)
gets their diaper changed like a two year old.

Monkey Says:

October 3rd, 2010
9:12 pm

should have said “their offense goes AWOL”

Colonel Rebel

October 3rd, 2010
11:42 pm

As I predicted, Ole Miss beat Kentucky. How? Masoli. Kentucky put up better numbers than Ole Miss in almost all categories, yet Masoli put the Rebels on his back and single-handedly won the game.

Next up: Bye week.

After that: Bama.

Prediction: Ole Miss shocks the world and beats Bama in a shootout: 45-42.

And for all you rednecks, I repeat: UGA is lucky it doesn’t play Ole Miss this year. (Sounds less funny after the Colorado loss, doesn’t it?)

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
9:39 am

Oregon #1

That’s funny!

BammerJammerJoe

October 4th, 2010
11:27 am

The now neutered team from Gainesville will very likely show up in Atlanta to face Alabama in the SECCG–whether they want to, or not….

Corch, ‘em up Meyer! Won’t do much good–and he knows it. He’ll probably “retire” again.

BammerJammerJoe

October 4th, 2010
11:29 am

@ Colonel Reb. I want some of what you’re drinkin’ bud!

BammerJammerJoe

October 4th, 2010
11:34 am

Man, I H O P E ‘Bama and ORe-GON meet! ‘Bama will bring the wood, the whipping and the shed. All the Ducks’ll need is to bring those tails. It won’t be close. Power and speed vs finesse and speed: it’s football, power wins. “O” runs a high school offense. ‘Bama D will squash it.
Who does ‘Bama play? Who does Oregon play? So what, they beat a way-down UT team that’s not even a shadow of it’s former self.